It's Friday afternoon in the center of Jerusalem. Members of Ahavat Yeshua have already been praying for several hours for the visitation of the Holy Spirit and in just a few minutes, we will be starting our weekly meeting.

Out front in the main auditorium, over one hundred people gather together. The central component is local Israelis, primarily young and hungry for God and added to these are people from all over the world. Men, women and children from Asia, Europe, Africa, South and North America have also come to meet with Yeshua in His chosen city.

At 3:00 PM, the weekly meeting begins. With hearts lifted up to heaven and voices raised in praise, the congregation begins to worship the God of Israel and His Messiah.

One of our young Israeli worship teams leads the congregation in Hebrew praise. How sweet it must be for Yeshua to hear His name being lifted up in the language that He knew so well. For so long He has waited for His beloved Israel to receive Him as their Messiah. And now in what is a mighty prophetic foretaste of Israel's promised salvation, Ahavat Yeshua declares His praises from Zion.

Every week is different. Sometimes we soar in praise and at other times it is a struggle to get off the ground. Some meetings are filled with testimonies of God's victorious power in the lives of His people and at other times, there are extended periods of prayer and intercession. The Word is shared powerfully, lives are touched and recently we have had the joy of witnessing Israelis coming to faith and being immersed.

Even as we rejoice in what God is doing, we remember the many battles and victories we have encountered along the way. It is hard to believe that Ahavat Yeshua is only celebrating its fourth anniversary this month.

How well I remember that first meeting! There were only twenty of us that met on that day four years ago. We had all read of the first congregation in Jerusalem in the Book of Acts and of its foundation of prayer, fellowship and the Word. We understood how it had been filled with the power of the Holy Spirit and had been a mighty testimony of Yeshua in Jerusalem in its day. And now in our hearts, we all hoped that Ahavat Yeshua would express that same powerful witness in our day. We had no idea what lay ahead on that first evening service but we all sensed that something wonderful was being birthed. Now four years have passed and we marvel at what God has done and rejoice in His faithfulness to us.

Happy Birthday, Ahavat Yeshua! Your youth, your vigor, your destiny and above all the grace of God that abides in you holds a promise of what is yet to come. There is community to be built and other cities and towns to be touched. There is the testimony of the Body of Messiah, that once so shook this city, to shake it again with the Glory of God. There are thousands who need to be reached and many who will come forth and be built together to fulfill the high calling that awaits this congregation.

We want to thank you for your prayers and support over these past years. Your faithfulness has helped to make this wonderful testimony possible and we thank you for your continuing support. It is our earnest hope that in these last days, as the powers of darkness come against Jerusalem, Ahavat Yeshua will stand as a beacon of light, radiating God's power and love, ready to welcome Yeshua back as King.

 

By Eddie Santoro


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Also in this issue of the newsletter:

Ron Cantor & Daniel Juster: The Messianic Jewish Witness to the Nations
Moshe Morrison: From Mud to Precious Stones
Eitan Shishkoff: The Hearts of the Fathers to the Children
Avi Tekle: Gifts of Spring
Asher Intrater: The Glory of God